POSTED: February 13th 2013

IOC adopts new betting rules for Sochi Games

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

February 13 – The International Olympic Committee Executive Board adopted a new set a rules, concerning betting during next year’s Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and any form of cheating affecting results at any Olympic competition in the context of betting.

The new rules are applicable to all participants in the Olympic Games and define the various forms of violations, the range of measures and sanctions, and disciplinary procedures.

The report of illegal match fixings in top-flight football across Europe and other cases in sport have highlighted the fact betting “erodes the integrity and credibility of sport and jeapordises its healthy development.

The IOC’s Code of Ethics has forbid Olympic Games participants from betting on Olympic events since 2006.

The new rules passed for Sochi add to those in place during London 2012, but also take into account existing International Federations regulations to try and harmonise the approach of different stakeholders.

“While no irregular betting activities have been detected at Olympic Games, we feel that we need to be vigilant and ensure that measures are in place to limit the potential effect that irregular betting activities could have on the Games,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. “As recent cases show, irregular and illegal betting is a global phenomenon and no sport, elite or otherwise, is immune from this scourge.”

The IOC has contacted sports bodies, governments, police authorities, and legal betting operators in recent years to help stem the flow of irregular and illegal betting. A dedicated Working Group was established in 2001 to bring stakeholders together to define a common approach and position and raise awareness of the issue.

Since 2001, the Working Group has focused on three main areas: education; monitoring, intelligence, and analysis; and legislation and regulations. The Working Group issued specific recommendations in 2012 which were intended to align the activities of all stakeholders. Its next meeting is scheduled for May, at which time the IOC will present its work with the Council of Europe at an international Convention against Manipulation of Sports Results and, notably, Match-fixing, open to both European and non-European countries.

“Is is an extremely serious issue that threatens the very integrity of sport,” Rogge said. “This is why it is at the top of our agenda and we will convene our working group on 14 May to continue our joint efforts.”

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